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Susan Taylor

Research Physical Scientist

Cold Regions Research aand Engineering Laboratory



Contact Information:



Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
72 Lyme Road
Hanover NH 03755
Email: Susan.Taylor@erdc.usace.army.mil
Office Phone: 603-646-4239

Overview of Research:

My work draws on my academic training in geology, with research emphases in microscopy and chemical analyses of terrestrial and extraterrestrial materials. Coupling microscopic observations of a material with other analyzes often provides insight into how a material behaves and how it was formed. I like using a multidisciplinary approach to solving problems and am part of research teams studying detonation residues from Army training ranges, comet samples returned by the Stardust space mission and micrometeorites that I collected from the South Pole drinking water well. I have worked at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) since January 1987.

Journal Publications

Taylor S., C. Richardson, J.H. Lever, J. Pitt, S. Bigl, N. Perron and J.P. Bradley (accepted) Dissolution of Nitroglycerin from Small Arms Propellants and their Residues, International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion.
Imae, N, S. Taylor and N. Iwata (accepted) Coarse-grained relict minerals in Antarctic micrometeorites: Links to chondrites and comets. Geochimica et Cosmochemica Acta,Taylor S., G. Matrajt and Y. Guan (2012), Fine-grained precursors dominate the micrometeorite flux. Meteoritics and Planetary Sciences, 47, 550-564.
Taylor S., G. Matrajt and Y. Guan (2012), Fine-grained precursors dominate the micrometeorite flux. Meteoritics and Planetary Sciences, 47, 550-564.
Taylor S., K.W. Jones, G.F. Herzog and C.E. Hornig (2011) Tomography: A window on the role of sulfur in the structure of micrometeorites, Meteoritics and Planetary Sciences, 46, 1498-1509.
Walsh M.E, S. Taylor, A. D. Hewitt, M. R. Walsh, C. A. Ramsey, C. M. Collins (2010) Field Observations of the Persistence of Comp B Explosives Residues in a Salt Marsh Impact Area Chemosphere, 78, 467-473.
Taylor S., J. H. Lever, J. Fadden, N. Perron and B. Packer (2009) Outdoor Weathering and Dissolution of TNT and Tritonal, Chemosphere, 77, 1338-1345.
Taylor S., G. F. Herzog and J.S. Delaney (2007) Crumbs from the crust of Vesta: Achondritic cosmic spherules from the South Pole water well, Meteoritics and Planetary Sciences, 42, 223-233.
Brownlee D.E. and others (2006) Comet 81P/Wild 2 Under a Microscope, Science 314, 1711-1716.
Lever J., Taylor S., L. Perovich, K. Bjella and B. Packer (2005), Dissolution of Composition B Residuals, Environmental Science and Technology, 39, 8803-8811.
Taylor S., C. M. O’D. Alexander, J. Delaney, P. Ma, G. F. Herzog and C. Engrand (2005) Isotopic fractionation of iron, potassium, and oxygen in stony cosmic spherules: implications for heating histories and sources, Geochimica et Cosmochemica Acta, 69, 2647-2662.
Taylor S., X. Feng, C. Renshaw, and J. Kirchner (2002), Isotopic Evolution of Snowmelt: II, Parameterization using laboratory experiments. Water Resources Research, 38, paper36 p1-8.
Alexander C.M.O’D, S. Taylor, J.S. Delaney, P. Ma and G.F. Herzog (2002), Mass-dependant fractionation of Mg, Si, and Fe isotopes in five stony micrometeorites, Geochimica et Cosmochemica Acta, 66, 173-183.
Taylor S., X. Feng, J. Kirchner, R. Osterhuber, B. Klaue, and C. Renshaw (2001), Isotopic evolution of a seasonal snowpack and its melt, Water Resources Research, 37, 759-769.
Taylor S., J.H. Lever and R.P. Harvey (2000), Numbers, types and compositions of an unbiased collection of cosmic spherules, Meteoritics and Planetary Sciences, 35, 651-666.
Taylor S., J.H. Lever and R.P. Harvey (1998). Accretion rate of cosmic spherules measured at the South Pole, Nature, 392, 899-903.


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